Alternative Grasses

Pasture Grasses

As Canterbury weather patterns change along with global weather changes, we will see strong nor’west winds and warmer temperatures on the east coast, creating drier pasture and crop fields.  White clover is the main clover species in Canterbury.  However, it is not drought tolerant.  Red clover and strawberry clover are.

White Clover
White Clover
Red Clover
Red Clover
Strawberry Clover
Strawberry Clover

Clover and Bees

Red Clover is from Europe and reaches 18”, much taller than White Clover which stays low at 8” and is actually ideal for a low-grow lawn.  Honeybees and bumblebees pollinate red clover.  Adaptable to many soil types, Red Clover as well as white clover fix nitrogen which is a plus for soil fertility.

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